Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

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The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities. The Endowment hopes that this program will continue to encourage many of Indiana’s most talented students to attend one of Indiana’s higher education institutions and after graduation consider pursuing occupations in Indiana.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides 4-year, full-tuition scholarships to selected students from each Indiana county. Each scholarship must be used to pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university.

These scholarships are awarded by the Independent Colleges of Indiana in partnership with the network of community foundations throughout the state on behalf of the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Key Elements

  • Full-tuition, required fees and book stipend for four years. (Does not pay room, board or travel expenses.)
  • Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana four-year college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma from an Indiana high school accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education.
  • Applicants must be residents of the state of Indiana.
  • Selection criteria, selection procedures and application due dates vary by county.
  • Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis.
  • 143 scholarships are awarded annually.

How to Apply

For specific details concerning criteria and application procedures, contact the local community foundation in your home county.

Lilly Scholar Network logo

The Lilly Scholars Network (LSN) is a network of Lilly Endowment Community Scholars committed to engaging in community service, inspiring future leaders, and developing lasting personal connections.

The Lilly Scholars Network was started by Lilly Scholars from Butler University and Wabash College in the fall of 2006 with two main objectives: giving back to the community and creating a sustainable network of Lilly Endowment Community Scholars from around the state of Indiana.

Today, LSN has a number of active collegiate chapters and bring alumni and current scholars together to engage in service, social and professional development opportunities.